The current debate about increasing the level of compulsory pension contributions is a contentious one for individuals, trade unions, employers and the state. While trade unions urge increased compulsion, and both employers and government resist this, the needs of a large section of society are being overlooked. Due to women’s typically lower pay, part time employment and interrupted careers while caring for others, compulsory additional payments into private pension schemes would not address the problem of women’s low pensions in retirement.
In his recent speech at the Labour Party Conference Gordon Brown quoted a poem with the lines:
“It is the hands of others who tend us when we’re sick and lift us up when we fall;
“It is the hands of others who bring us into the world and who lower us into the earth.”
Stuart Miller | alfa
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